State agencies in Louisiana and West Virginia were the latest to ban the use of short-video app TikTok on their state devices on Monday over fears China could use it to track Americans and monitor content.
And 19 US states have locked down at least in access to the TikTok platform, owned by the Beijing-based Chinese company ByteDance Limited, is leaving for devices used by those state governments.
Most of the bans happened in the last couple of weeks.
Last week, some members of Congress proposed a nationwide ban on the platform, which would force the US to follow countries like India that have already banned the platform.
Jamf Holding Corp., which sells software to organizations that allow them to perform audits and security measures on iPhones and other Apple devices, said its government customers have blocked access to TikTok since the beginning of quest’year.
The company added that around 65% of attempts to contact TikTok this month were blocked on devices the company manages for its public sector clients. in worldwide, including schools and other agencies, up 10% from attempts to contact TikTok that were blocked. in June.
TikTok confirmed again on Monday in a statement that he is “disturbed that many states quickly join political propaganda to implement policies based on unsubstantiated allegations about TikTok and will not benefit US national security.”
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardonin said he has banned the TikTok platform from all devices owned by his agency, citing potential security threats, but without specifying any current risks.
West Virginia state comptroller JB McCowski said he did the same in his home state.
US and other TikTok officials have been busy in months-long talks over a national security deal that would address concerns about China’s access to the data of more than 100 million US subscribers on the TikTok platform.
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